Sale of a Residential Freehold Property - Pricing

For transparency and the avoidance of any doubt, our fees are below. Should you choose to instruct us, a tailored estimate of price will be provided based on your circumstances and the transaction and set out in our Engagement Letter.

The day to day work is carried out by Janice Colley, a Consultant Conveyancer and Solicitor and supervised by Richard Cramer, Managing Director and Solicitor.

Freehold Sale CostsAmount (excluding any VAT applicable)
Our Legal FeesRange from £650 to £1,800* (plus VAT)
Bank Transfer Fee (for each transfer made over £30,000)£25 (plus VAT)
Electronic ID Search Verification Fee (per name checked)£6 (plus VAT)
Anticipated Expenses 

Land Registry Documents (£3 per document)

Bankruptcy Search (per person)

£9 (plus VAT)


£3.00 (plus VAT)


Sale Price of the PropertyOur Legal Fees (excluding VAT)
Up to £100,000£650 – £1,000
£100,000 – £250,000£800 – £1,050
£250,000 – £375,000£950 – £1,200
£375,000 – £500,000£1,100 – £1,300
£500,000 – £750,000£1,300 – £1,500
£750,000 – £1million£1,550 – £1,800

* for properties with a value of £1million and above, fees will be provided upon request

Services included in this price: 

The above range of figures are based on the sale of an existing residential freehold property by one or more individuals (as opposed to a company or business partnership) with a title which is already registered at HM Land Registry and assuming there is a mortgage on the property to a traditional high street mortgage lender. Most freehold property sales in England and Wales will fall within this category. The fees include the following work:

  • Setting up your file
  • Checking and processing your instructions including carrying out the identity and anti-money laundering checks that we are required by law to carry out
  • Obtaining information from you about the property and providing this information to the buyer's solicitor (please note we do not project manage the entire process)
  • Obtaining the title documents from HM Land Registry
  • Obtaining redemption statements from your mortgage lender(s) to repay your mortgage
  • Checking the title documents and other standard documentation that we receive from you in respect of the sale
  • Drafting a contract and preparing the pack to send to the buyer’s solicitor
  • Dealing with any enquiries from the buyer’s solicitor and liaising with you where necessary
  • Sending the contract and transfer deed and any other necessary documents to you to sign
  • Exchanging contracts (at which point you will be legally bound to the transaction and the buyer will be required to insure the property)
  • Obtaining final up-to-date redemption statements from your mortgage lender(s) calculated to the completion date
  • Completing your sale
  • Repaying your mortgage
  • Returning any surplus funds to you
  • Closing and storing your file in accordance with our data retention policy
  • Keeping you and any relevant third parties updated

Factors that may affect the price that you have to pay:

Additional work may need to be carried out on your sale which we are not aware of at the outset but which leads to an increase in our legal fees and/or the third party expenses which you will need to pay. If any such additional costs arise we will tell you about them as soon as possible.  Examples of situations that might lead to an increase in costs include:

  • If the property is leasehold (separate pricing)
  • If the property is freehold but there are estate maintenance charges to pay
  • If you are selling a share in a property jointly owned by a housing association (shared ownership)
  • If the property hasn’t been registered at Land Registry
  • If you are repaying a mortgage that’s with a non-high street lender
  • If there are problems with the title deeds
  • If you are selling the property subject to a tenancy
  • If we have to pay a referral fee to the professional who referred you to us

Typical Timescales:

How long it will legally take to sell your freehold property, so from your sale being agreed and accepting the buyer’s offer until you receive the sale proceeds, depends on various factors.

At present, a number factors, namely the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a substantial and unexpected rise in the number of property transactions that are taking place and the current SDLT holiday, which is due to end on 30 June 2021, are combining to extend the average transaction time. In “normal” times the average time from a sale being agreed to completion taking place is 6 to 12 weeks but at present the timescale is more likely to be between 12 to 15 weeks. We aim to be better than average of course, however you should prepare for the fact that your transaction is likely to take longer than usual. We should also point out that if you are buying a property, we cannot guarantee that your transaction will complete prior to the end of the SDLT holiday on 30 June 2021 and you should therefore budget for any additional SDLT that you might become liable for.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain and the number of parties in the chain. For example, if you are selling to a first time buyer who has a mortgage in principle, it could take from around 5 to 6 weeks for the sale to complete. However, if there are several transactions in the chain, this can take significantly longer, between 3 to 4 months. In such a situation, additional charges may apply.

Key Stages in the Sale Process:

The exact stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the individual specific circumstances. However, the following are the key stages of a typical transaction:

  • Accept your instructions and provide you with initial advice
  • Obtain copies of the title deeds
  • Obtain amount owing statements from your mortgage lender(s) and check that the sale proceeds will be sufficient to allow the sale to proceed
  • Prepare contract documents and send them to the buyer’s solicitor
  • Deal with any enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitor
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree a completion date (the date on which you will receive the balance of monies from the sale proceeds)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you
  • Complete the sale
  • Pay off your existing mortgage and obtain discharge documents from the lender
  • Forward the post completion paperwork to the buyer’s solicitor
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